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it's almost unbearable news. the national zoo's beloved panda is leaving d.c. and a flash senator's daughter the victim of a violent crime. this morning the the senator is speaking out. and we just flipped the calendar to december, but we may get a real taste of winter this weekend. i'm barbara harrison. >> i'm joe krebs. let's take a live look outside right now. clear skies and quite a difference in temperatures from yesterday. 43 degrees right now. let's get a look at our forecast. >> meteorologist veronica johnson here with us. >> we are definitely trending colder. tomorrow, we'll probably only have a high of 38 degrees. >> oh, wow. >> cold enough for snow for sure. 44 degrees in washington, d.c.
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and northwest areas around tinnily town, pmontgomery count and tysons corner at 35 degrees. bus stop will be chilly. high today of 52 degrees. sun up at 7:11. we'll move to about 53 by 3:00. clouds on the increase today. mostly cloudy by the time the sun sets. here is a look at today and the weekend. 38 degrees the high tomorrow. i think it's really early tomorrow morning we could see the rain/snow showers mixing to light snow. good thing, jerry, the road temperatures are pretty warm. and i don't think we'll have trouble getting around. >> better news, it will be the weekend and we don't have to worry about rush hour. 95 northbound and southbound between newington and springfield, starting off quiet and dry as friday morning gets under way. let's see how we're doing elsewhere. the trip in prince georges
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county. a live look on the capital beltway. right side on the outer loop, between greenbelt and the wilson bridge. lanes open. traveling from greenbelt to silver spring. no incidents to report. 270 northbound and southbound doing fine. barbara and joe, back to you. >> thank you, jerry. this is news to cause pa pandemonium. taishon is leaving the national zoo. >> we had him on loan from the chinese embassy. tracee wilkins has more on the story we brought you first on 4. good morning, tracee. >> reporter: he's a 200-pound big boy and it's time for him to head on back to china. the zoo is expected to make the announcement today. he was born at the national zoo on july 9, 2005, after many
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failed attempts to conceive a baby panda. taishon the first to survive beyond a few days, capturing the love of is city and the nation, but all good things must come to an end. taishon is chinese property. we paid $600,000 for a two-year stay. taishon is part of a breeding program for giant pandas. they are endangered. only about 1,600 in the wild and 200 in captivitcaptivity. is he going to be leaving in the near future. we don't know exactly when. we are looking forward to a press conference at the national zoo at 10:00. surely a lot of broken hearts in the city. back to you in the studio. >> will there be a replacement, do we know? >> reporter: we don't know yet. we'll wait and see what they say in the press conference. i hope they change their minds
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and say he can stay even longer. >> i want to hear what his folks have to say about it too. >> reporter: we want to hear from all of the pandas today at the press conference. >> thanks a lot. >> thanks very much. we're learning more about the carjacking of a u.s. senator's daughter. julia koch corker, daughter of senator corker was carjacking. >> reporter: it happening wednesday night near the verizon center. 22-year-old julia corker was driving a black chevy tahoe. he was by her side minutes after it happened. >> something else much different could have happened. so she's safe. and it's a half a block from our apartment, about nine blocks from the capital. >> reporter: news 4 has obtained
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a copy of the police report. a man approached the driver's side window and askedcorker where is gallery place. a second man opened the dryer's side door and choked her. she struggled. she was thrown to the ground. because of the vehicle's onstar system, police were able to locate it in prince georges county at a taco bell, right across from the police station. >> officers in and out all hours of the night. >> reporter: what's that tell you about the suspects? >> i guess they weren't too bright. >> reporter: fans heard about the senator's daughter being hijacked, but they don't fear driving in this neighborhood. >> i never think of anything like that. i feel relatively safe down here. it's a nice area. >> i don't think about it in this area, chinatown, but outside chinatown, i don't know. i may think about it. >> reporter: the two suspects
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remain jailed in prince georges county and face extradition back to the district. jackie benson, news 4 today. >> police have not released names of the suspect. both are charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and unarmed carjacking. police are looking for a man that shot a pepco worker. the workers got into an argument with some bystanders, and one of the men returned and shot one of the workers last night. the worker was grazed in the neck and is expected to be okay. in prince georges county, a traffic stop ended with a police officer firing his gun. two suspects in custody. this hapned on chadwick terrace in temple hill. no one was hurt. no word on what the traffic stop was for. the officer was part of a unit that focuses on car thefts. the head of the secret service taking the heat for
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allowing an uninvited couple into last week's white house dinner. he was grilled during testimony yesterday. three secret service officers on administrative leave after michaele and taleq salahi made it into a white house dinner. >> from a risk perspective, i feel contract based on what i've heard, wha i've seen, what i've been briefed on, they did not provide a risk to the president. >> absent from yesterday's hearing was the salahi's. the couple did not show up, even though they were invite the to testify. some are seeking subpoenas to force them to testify. trying to work it out. new reports about tiger woods and his wife. plus, a frightening falacy
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welcome back to news 4. it is now 5:11. chilly outside. this time this morning, we may be talking about some rain and snow showers falling through the area. let's take a look at the temperatures rights now. 44 degrees in cleveland park. 37 in college parking and 35 degrees in alexandria.
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meanwhile, at the bus stops this morning, chilly conditions. kids will need a coat this morning. but at least we have calm conditions. sun up at 7:11 mostly sunny skies and an increase in cloud cover through the day. high, 52, with still rain/snow mix throughout the day on saturday. let's take a look at the early commute now with jerry edwards. >> a nice start in montgomery county. 270, looks like traffic moving very nicely on the southbound side and continuing on down to rockville. and overnight road work on the southbound side should be wrapped up. bay bridge looking good. southern maryland, route 5, route 4. no early hangups to report. travel lanes open. back to you. >> thank you, jerry. time is 11 minutes after 5:00. tiger, tackling marriage woes. >> hs applying his famous work
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ethic to save his marriage. coming up. plus, the big secret. roman polanski will soon be on the move. where is he now? and the man charged
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news 4 has learned a national treasure is leaving our city. it's time for 4-year-old, 200-pound taishon, the panda, to leave for china. thousands go to the national zoo every year to see him. we'll find out exactly when he has to leave. the director of the secret service says a regrettable mistake was made when an uninvited couple was allowed into last week's white house state dinner. secret service director mark sullivan testified before congressional committee yesterday. three secret service officers are now on administrative leave after they allowed the salahis
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into the white house grounds without being on a guest list. two carjackers were tracked down by the car's onstar system. julia corker was carjacked near the verizon center. they were found at a taco bell right across from a police station where they were arrested. that's it for now. joe, back to up. >> thanks, kimberly. t the man accused of killing chandra levy will face new charges. he threatened to kill a witness and the witness' family he was charged earlier this year with the murder. a cold case cracked thanks to dna evidence. 49-year-old john q.kinsy from california is responsible for
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the 1987 attack and sex assault on the pennant hills area. they linked it to the man through dna. he was brought back to virginia where he faces rape and burglary charges. today, all about jobs again. president obama heads to pennsylvania to talk about the economy as the labor department releases employment numbers for november. we're live on capitol hill with more. >> we'll see numbers in a couple of hours. the jobless rate is expected to remain in the double digits and hang over president obama and democrats like a dark cloud. president obama chooses allentown to focus on jobs. ♪ i'm living in allentown >> reporter: billy joel made the steel town synonymous with jobs
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and pain. the president welcomed the mayor to the summit and heard a familiar concern. >> we have about 41,000 people in the region unemployed. >> reporter: the president got an earful on what to do about jobs. >> target fiscal help to local governments. >> such an aggressive legislative agenda that business people don't know what they ought to do. >> reporter: the president predicted passage soon of health care reform and more. >> to the extent of uncertainty of these major legislative issues, it will be solved in the next few months. >> reporter: on capitol hill, a democratic push to use untapped bailout funds for a new jobs bill. >> to be paid for by t.a.r.p. funds. >>eporter: some $70 billion are left. republicans want the money back to the treasury.
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treasury secretary tim geithner sounded open to redirecting it. those new jobs numbers for nomber, expected in just a couple of hours. live on capitol hill, i'm brooke hart, back to you. >> brooke, thanks very much. money for jobs, not for war. >> this group of protesters protested outside the white house, calling on the obama administration to take a cue from the fdr administration. they want the money going to the war to go to a works projects. the wpa is credited to putting millions to work on our nation's infrastructure and public works projects. two workers recovering after falling 50 feet from the roof of the new cowboys stadium. they were doing maintenance when they slipped and fell from the upper section to the lower level. safety harnesses are required, but authorities say the workers were not wearing them.
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one worker broke his leg and has head injuries. the other hurt his back. tiger woods in the tabloids and he may be in therapy as well. >> "the chicago sun times" is reporting he a his wife are undergoing intense marriage counseling, days after woods apologized to his wife, ellin for transgressions. they are undergoing several sessions of thaferapy a day at their florida home. elin has demanded their prenuptial agreement has been rewritten to make it more enticing to remain mrs. tiger. capital stars sidelined but not because of injuries. this morning's sports minute. hey, there. good morning, everybody. your sports minute on this friday morning begins with the capitals and last night ovejkin
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served the first of two-game suspension. the team stepped up. the caps had a 6-2 win. stemmons scored twice. four others added goals. washington is 5-1-1 with ovekin out. to football, the nfl went north of the border last night. the jets and bills battled it out in toronto. edwards, this 13-yard touchdown pass, had a 19-13 win over buffalo. the jets now 6-6 keep their slim playoff hopes alive. allen iverson, officially a 76er again. he started his career with the sixers, played ten seasons before being traded three years ago. iverson glad to be back home. that's your sports minute.
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have a great day. they play basketball for a living, but some stars of the nba get to play santa claus this week. players from the wizards and raptors joined mayor fenty to help distribute food, clothes and other items to the needy. the national basketball players association and feed the children are working to make sure 10,000 local families have a happy holiday season this year. it's beginning look a lot like christmas near the white house. >> five, four, three, two, one. oh! >> president obama and the first family lit the national christmas tree last night. the 48-foot tall colorado spruce is lit by 750 strings of l.e.d. lights and red and gold ornaments this is the obama's first holiday season in the white house. >> we see it year after year, but it's always exciting, isn't
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it? a little bit of a chill we will feel. let's talk to veronica johnson about that. that tree could have a little bit of snow falling and accumulating on it saturday. as far as today goes it, will be dry, but chilly out there right now. 44 degrees in the district in benning. 35 loudon county, leesburg and you folks in montgomery county, 37 degrees. you will need a coat this morning. but we have light wind through the area. 7:1 1shg the sun will come up. an increase in cloud cover. 52 the high temperature. only 38 tomorrow with light accumulation of snowfall. probably not enough to cause trouble on the roads. let's see if we have trouble right now. >> ververonica, nice and quiet. the trip in on 56, toward the roosevelt bridge, no worries. everything moving along nicely. extremely light volume. typical friday morning and friday morning light. just the way we like it.
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elsewhere, 95 northbound and southbound in virginia, no worries. dry pavement, the weather is certainly not a concern for the morning commute as you travel between the beltway and points south and north. and we'll let you know the quiet start on the rails. metrorail, vre and mark reporting no early delays. back to you. >> thank you. 5:23. 44 degrees. the mystery of that sneezing girl solved. >> we introduced you to this virginia girl last month. doctors say they know why she's been sneezing thousands of times a day. we'll tell you about it. plus, a major change for same-sex couples in virginia. what the governor is proposing. and accused film director roma polanski out of
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this afternoon, authorities plan to transfer roman polanski to house arrest in the swiss alps. he was moved yesterday to an undisclosed location for security reasons. he will be fitted with an electronic monitoring bracelet. he will remain under house arrest at his luxurious chalet. is he wanted her for having sex with a 13-year-old girl more than 30 years ago.
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remember there virginia girl who couldn't stop sneezing? 12-year-old lauren johnson's story landed her on the "today" show. we know what's causing that sneezing. it's pediatric autoimmune neurotic disorder. the bottom line lauren's doctor says she's on antibiotics and is doing much better. we're glad for her. >> good news. 5:27 the time right now. bullets fly in northwest washington. >> why police say the gunman went after a pipco worker. and a mammogram controversy. what congress is trying to do to protect women. and taishon, t
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so long, taishon. the zoo set to announce its beloved panda is leaving. don't be fooled by this morning's weather. the first snow of the season may be just hours away. good morning. welcome back to news 4 today. i'm joe krebs. >> i'm barbara harrison. friday, december 4, 2009. snow is the talk around town right now. and there are mixed feelings about it we asked people using
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the ice skating rink at pentagon row. the 1/2 uses the snow machine to make the white stuff fly whenever they want. some of the skaters say fake snow is good enough for them. >> we are from chicago. it's probably one of the last things i want to see here. >> reporter: why is that? >> when you grow up in six feet of snow and you get snowed inside with your mom and dad, you learn to move somewhere warmer, and i failed at that if the snow is coming this weekend. >> the kids were a little excited than the older people. the kids are looking forward to snowball fights. will they get a chance to do that? ver veronica will be here to tell us about that. >> i'm still laughing at that guy. that's hilarious. some fond memories, right? >> getting snowed in with your mom and dad. >> exactly. maybe if you can throw a snowball at them. a few counties through the area
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will have enough to make a snowball. not every county. piedmont and st. mary's county. 44 degrees in columbia heights and ashton hill, 37. an increase this clouds today. high of 51, 52 by 3:00. a lot more clouds cover during the overnight and by tomorrow morning, we'll have a mixture of rain and snow around here, switching over to light snow by noontime with light accumulation through the area. let's see how the early morning commute is going right now. >> veronica, clear, dry road surfaces. no worries, new york avenue off to a fine start. as you come in over the anacostia, northeast to northwest. minimal traffic light hangups, and good news there. let's see if the good news continues. east side of town. beltway, prince georges county. moving along very nicely and dry pavement. no weather concerns. out on the rails this morning. everything doing fine. mitt to rail, vre and mark, reporting no delays.
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barbara and joe, back to you. >> maybe you can sleep through the snow. >> that would be nice. >> okay. we'll talk to you in about 10 minutes. news sure to break the hearts of panda lovers through the area. taishon is leaving us. he was born at the national zoo, but pretty soon he will be on his way to china as part of an agreement with the chinese embassy. tracee joins us live with more on the story that we brought you first on 4. tracee, will he get language lessons before he leaves? >> reporter: he's going to need it because he's an american panda even though he's own bid the chinese. and all good things must come to an end and our taishon is leaving and headed for china, and in the near future. he was born at the national zoo 7' çxd2005. after many failed attempts for his mom and dad to conceive a baby panda before. he was the first to actually survive beyond a few days. he's 4 years old. he's captured the attention and
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nation. but, of course, he is chinese property, and he'll go back. the zoo paid $600,000 for his original two-year stay, then we got a free two-year extension. taishon and his mom and dad are part of a retch is and conversation program for endangered pandas. only about 1,600 in the wild and 200 in captivitcaptivity. >> they do have to give him back? that's too bad. it's a good draw for the zoo. the zoo needs the pandas. everybody hangs out at the panda area and crowds all over that this weekend. it's too bad. >> reporter: no word exactly on when he's going to be leaving, but we're expecting more details during a 10:00 a.m. press conference that will be held at the national zoo. back to you in the studio. >> thank you very much. two men now in custody for allegedly attacking and carjacking a u.s. senator's daughter. 22-year-old julia corker,
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daughter of tennessee senator bob corker. she was knocked out briefly during the incident but should be fine. her father was by her side just minutes after t attack. >> she is safe. it happened just a half block from our apartment in the penn quarter area, about nine blocks from the capitol. >> police located the suv at a taco bell in prince georges county. they arrested two suspects, now awaiting eradition to the district. a worker expected to be okay after someone shot him on the job in d.c. the worker and the colleague were working on a man hole cover in first and rhode island avenue in northwest. the workers got into an arc wumt bystanders. one of the men returned and shot one of the workers last night. the worker was grazed in the neck and listed in stable condition. in forestville, family and
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friends remembering a man killed at a construction site. the crowd gathered and lit candles in memory of fred davis. he was murdered while renovating a home business. investigators think he was not the intended target. a $30,000 reward offered in the case. a big health care push in virginia before tim kaine leaves off. he wants to extend benefits to same-sex partners and to qualifiqualif qualified het to sexual partners. it would take 18 months to implement. and texas would fall on the lap of bob mcdonald. mcdonald is all for expanded health coverage but is concerned about the cost. the u.s. senate adding preventtive tests for women to the health care legislation it allows the secretary of health and human services to require insurers to cover mammograms and other screenings free of charge.
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maryland senator and maine senator proposed the amendment. this after a government panel's recommendation that routine mammograms not needed for most women in their 40s. three secret service officers on administrative leave after last week's security breech at the white house state dinner. lawmakers grilled the head of the secret service yesterday as they tried to figure out how the salahis managed to crash the dinner without tickets. the white house said white house employees will be stationed at security checkpoints at events like this in the future. but mark sullivan took the heat for the breech yesterday. >> preliminary findings have determined that established procedures related to entering the white house were not followed at initial checkpoint. an error in judgment, a mistake was made. >> president obama says he still feels safe in the white house and trusts the secret service to
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protect him and his family. well, one of the benefits of snow, of course, snow days. some winter weather changes that will affect all federal employees. plus, here she comes. where sarah palin will be signing books in our area this weekend. and a major traffic alert. whether to expect big backups on the be
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welcome back to news 4. the time is now 5:11.
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and it's chilly outside under mostly clear skies. temperatures range from 37 in suitland to 36 in clover leave, montgomery county. the sun comes up at 7:11 chilly at the bus stop. light winds, mostly clear skies. the high, 52 degrees. only 38 tomorrow. rain and snow starts early. switches over to snow, and light accumulations through the area. we'll talk probabilities in a minute. over on 95 northbound. picking up volume as we begin the trip north toward dale city. and brake lights up toward springfield and newington. and you can see all travel lanes are open. elsewhere, we'll check out the american legion bridge. between i-270 and tysons corner, smooth sailing. barbara and joe, back to you. >> thank you, jerry. our time is 5:41. the traffic alert for those of
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you who use the beltway. >> where and when work is expected to create big backups. plus, a terrifying end to a police chase. a car goes crashing into a daycare center. and hard work pays off. teachersn one local
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good morning. i'm kimberly suitors live in the studio.
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a national treasure leaving our city. that's either taishon or his mom or dad sleeping soundly. totally unaware of the huge announcement coming today. news 4 first to tell you last night, time for 4-year-old, 200-pound taishon, the panda to leave for china thousands go to see him every year, especially on his birthday. we'll find out today exactly when taishon has to leave. november numbers for unemployment will be released today. not expected to be better than october's percentage of 10.2, the highest since 1983. the director of the secret service says his agents made a mistake when they let an uninvited couple into a state dinner. mark sullivan testified before a congssional committee yesterday. three on administrative leave after they allowed the salahis into the white house grounds without being on a list. and daughter of taebs
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senator bob corker was carjacked near the verizon center. two men were tracked down by the men's onstar system. pinpointing the thieves location at a taco bell across from a police station. they were arrested. a traffic alert if you have to take the inner loop across the wilson bridge this weekend. expect major delays as crews shift lanes between the telegraph road and the eisenhower connector. megan mcgraph is live and has more on what you can expect this weekend. >> reporter: good morning. we're actually standing on the new lanes, and as you can see here, they are ready to go pretty much. the asphalt has been striped. off in the distance, we have a road sign that's in place it has tarp over it. they need to remove the tarp and begin transitioning traffic onto the new lanes here on the inner
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loop of the beltway. unfortunately, as they make this transition, you can expect major traffic delays through the area. in fact, transportation officials are urging people to avoid this area altogether. we're talking about a section of the inner loop of the beltway in virginia between telegraph road and the eisenhower connector. beginning tonight after rush hour, they are going to close the ramp to telegraph road to the inner loop of the beltway. then lane closures will be seen on the inner loop. in fact, they'll go down to just one lane on the left, on the inner loop of the beltway, beginning later tonight. now, surday morning, traffic is going to be diverted to the two new inner loop lanes and exit 174 from the inner lop to the eisenhower connector will reopen. then on saturday night, the roads will reopen, and a third new inner loop lane will be added. then they are going to do the same thing the following
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weekend, but they will do it on the other side on the outer loop side. expect long delays. they expect as long as four-mile backups. keep it in mind and avoid the area. >> thank you. second of state hillary clinton in brussels today to rally more support for president obama's new troop surge in afghanistan. she arrived there early this morning and expects a number of nato allies to publicly announce today their new troop commitments to afghanistan. she spent the last two years jailed italy accused of killing her roommate. amanda knox is charged with killing meredith kercher. knox is on trial with her ex-boyfriend. an italian jury is deliberating in the case right now. prosecutors say they killed kercher in a drug-fueled sex game. knox says she is innocent and
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begged jurors not to mask her with the brand of an assassin. roman polanski moved from jail to an undisclosed location for security reasons. he'll be fitted with an electronic monitoring bracelet. posted $4.5 million bail and will remain under house arrest at his luxurious chalet. he is wanted her for having sex with a 13-year-old girl more than 30 years ago. we may have some idea of how tiger woods may be spending his weekend in therapy. "the chicago sun times" reporting tyinger and his wife undergoing intense counseling right now. they are having several sessions a day in their florida home. this in response to tiger woods' apology to his wife for transgressions. hard work could soon pay off in prince william county for teachers. bonuses for educators turning
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high-needs schools into high-performing schools. they have at-risk students who are poor, disabled, or struggle to speak english. that could happen this weekend if the federal government decides to fund that program. the white house is now in the holiday spit. >> yep, the first family brought in the holiday season last night by lighting the national christmas tree. president obama helped by the first lady and first daughter helped to push the button. it sparkles near the white house. about 10,000 lucky folks got to enjoy the performance by sheryl crow and watch the lighting. >> we celebrate a story that is as beautiful as it is simple. the story of a child born far from home to parents guided only by faith, but who ultimately spread a message that has endured for more than 2,000
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years. that no matter who we are or where we are from, we are each called to love one another as brother and sister. >> this is the obama's first holiday season in the white house. people who work for the federal government will start finding out about their snow days an hour earlier. the officer of personnel management says it will start making the call by 4:00 a.m. instead of 5:00 a.m. the goal is to give commuters more time to prepare and make the roads safer as well. >> in this region, i know from past experience is that one of the most frustrating things when that decision isn't made in a mely enough manner, that people have to start their commute regardless of the decision. my promise to the region, we'll be making this decision by 4:00 a.m. in the morning. >> if bad weather develops during the day, the government will give local transportation officials a two-hour warning before ordering federal employees to go home.
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news 4 and nbcwashington.com is the source for your work and school closing information. tune in for the most up to date weather, traffic, and other information. let's find out about perhaps the snow coming our way. >> veronica, johnson, what's going on? >> it won't be enough to cause any trouble on the roadway. the storm was trending anyway. it might be tracked more out to sea. still going with a trace in some spots. temperatures currently through the area, range from 35 in fairfax to 44 degrees right now in the district. a chilly start under high pressure. so we've got clear skies, but as that moves out and the storm system moves up the close, increasing cloud cover. and the chance anywhere from a trace to an inch of snow our first inch, areas further west around stafford county and ince william, back in the
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white and taking it to the east and this is out to sea. st. mary's calvertson, prince georges county, could have the first inch of snow. let me back out of way. i think you should know the details on it rain and snow from 7:00 a.m. up until noon time and light snow until 7:00 p.m., and a trace to an inch. mainly on the grass. road temperatures pretty warm. don't think we'll have any trouble getting around tomorrow. an increase this clouds for the day. 49 to 53 degrees. today, seasonal temperatures with sunshine and clouds for later on. again, eitharly tomorrow mornin rain and snow hits us early. likely to have precipitation around, but switching over and for the weekend, sunshine back. let's see what's going on on the roadways right now. >> vword of a car fire on the
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left side of the roadway. traveling that direction at this point, minor destruction. let's see how we're doing. 95 northbound. brake lights, typical for this time of the morning, newington, springfield, but no incidents reported. on the rails this morning, one delay on mark rails. brunswick train 870, 10 minutes late. vre and metrorail looking good. barbara. >> thanks, jerry. six people, including four children, recovering after an suv slammed into a daycare center in indianapolis. this happened after an armed robbery in a nearby store. the driver lost control and crashed into the stepping stones daycare. bricks and debris went flying into a room where children were about to take a nap. one child still in the hospital. two arrested at the scene. gm and chrysler dealerships
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forced to close earlier this year may be able to reopen. dealers may be reinstated. this will happen only if congress defeats legislation that would force both auto companies to reopen all of its dealers. both have said a blanket reversal would hurt their recovery. metro riders, listen up. your commute could get more expensive next summer. it's still unclear how big the budget hole will be. but there is talk of a fair hike. metro says service cuts also likely. they need to wait for ridership and revenue updates to make the final decision. >> our first step is to be sure we believe in the numbers that we've been presented with, and that we think that the gap is real, and the extent of the gap is real, and i think we have got to do this in a very deliberate way, people will get agitated or upset without bail. >> and a fare increase won't
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take effect until june at the earlie earliest. >> sarah palin, will bring her going rogue tour to virginia this weekend. the former vice presidential candidate is expected to sign copies of her book. memoir number one on "the new york times" best sellers list. palin will be at the b.j.'s store in the fair lakes shopping center tomorrow off i-66 at the fairfax county parkway. the proposed museum of african-american history and culture is stirring up controversy. >> not what will be in the museum but where the museum will be built. it's supposed to go up on the corner of 15th and constitution avenue. but the federal commission reviewing the plan is hearing praise and concern that the new museum's design may detract from the nearby washington monument. the proposed $550 million project is expected to break ground by 2012 and open by late 2015. some commission members say they have a number of concerns.
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>> i don't think we've done so good in maintaining the integrity of the mall itself. >> i would not turn it into a giant lantern. >> i would caution you to keep in mind that the washington monument is really the focus. >> the design team working on the museum was selected earlier this year from six finalists. more than 20 design teams had entered the original competition. the last living american-born veteran of world war i is asking congress for a national monument to that war. 108-year-old frank buchholz appeared on capitol hill yesterday. he began serving when he was just 16. now he's lending his name to a bill that would re-dedicate a memorial on the mall. the re-dedicated monument would be called the world war i memorial. coming up, the big announcement today at the
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national zoo. the panda, taishon, heading home to china.
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winter weather on the way. a storm is moving up the east coast and could bring us our first snowflas of the season. veronica johnson is tracking that storm. >> pandemonium, that baby, the grownup stick of butter, taishon is about to leave us and move to china. >> good morning. thank you for waking up with us. i'm barbara harrison. >> i'm joe krebs, on this friday, the 4th day of december, 2009. a live look, clear skies. chilly temperatures. 44 degrees right now. >> let's talk about the weather out there, and what's going to happen over the weekend. let's begin today as folks
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reaching in their closets. >> today, you will certainly need a coat. but by the weekend, how about some mittens and maybe a scarf, because it's cold. 38 the high for tomorrow. cold air on the way. we've got 44 degrees right now. and wheaton, 37. we'll see temperature warm up today. sun up at 7:11. we have sunshine. light winds today versus yesterday. the high, 52 degrees. meanwhile, 38 the high for tomorrow. rain and snow starts early, switching over to light snow. some of us may get our first inch around here. >> we'll look for that. this morning, clear, dry road surfaces as the fry drive gets underway. and volume on 95 and 395. no surprises whatatever. on the beltway in maryland, the outer loop from connecticut avenue toward rockville pike.
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you can see it's slowing. left side of the roadway. outer loop of the beltway, just before route 355. the fire department has arrived on the scen metro and vre doing fine. still holding with 10-minute delays. brunswick line. it's hard to say good-bye. taishon, the beloved panda at the national zoo is heading to china. tracee wilkins joins us with more on the story that we brought you first on 4. good morning. >> good morning, barbara it is hard to say good-bye and there will be plenty of folks lining up to say just that to taishon before he headsff to china. first time going there, even though he's chinese property since he was born four years ago. taishon born at the national zoo in july 2005, and after many
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failed attempts of his mom and dad, taishon the first to survive beyond a few days. but all good things must come to an end. taishon is chinese property. the zoo paid $600,000 for the first two-year stay, and then we got an extra free two years. is he part of a breeding and research conservation program for pandas. they are endangered. about 1,600 in the wild and 200 in captivity. we are expecting to hear in the press conference when he will leave. hi mom and dad expected to leave washington, d.c. next year as well. so we're losing our pandas. hopefully we'll have good news coming our way soon. back to you in the studio. >> maybe it's time for taishon to find a girlfriend. maybe he has to get back over there where there are a lot of other pandas. >> reporter: do you think if he
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found one in america he would stay? i wonder. >> maybe. okay. thanks a lot. we'll be talking to you later. >> reporter: all right, thanks. this morning, three secret service employees on administrative leave because the suspected party crashers at the state dinner. the head of the secret service grilled yesterday, as they tried to figure out how michaele and tareq salahi managed to crash the dinner without tickets. white house employees will be stationed at checkpoints for events like this in the future. mark sullivan took the heat for the breech yesterday. >> established procedures were not followed at initial checkpoint an error in judgment, a mistake was made. >> president obama says he still feels safe in the white house and trusts the secret service to protect him and his family. this morning, the hunt is on
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for the gunman who shot a pipc worker on the job. it happened at the corner of first and rhode island northwest. it all started as an argument between two workers and some bystanders. officers say one of the bystanders came back later and shot one of the workers. the worker was grazed in the neck and is expected to be okay. >> well this morning, two men in custody, accused of attacking and carjacking a u.s. senator's daughter. 22-year-old julia corker, the daughterf tennessee senator bob corker. she was carjacked, knocked out briefly during the incident. her father was by her side minutes after attack. >> she is safe, it happened, you know, just a half a block from our apartment. about nine blocks from the capit capitol. >> police located the suv at a
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taco bell. they arreste two suspects who are waiting extradition to the district. the man accused of killing chandra levy will face new charges, including obstruction of justice and conspiracy. he sent a note to a witness and threatened to kill the witness or the witness' family. he is charged with the murder of chandra levy. a big health care push in virginia weeks before tim kaine leaves office. he wants to extend benefits to same-sex partners and extend benefits to qualified heterosexual partners, roommates and other family member who's live in the same household. the proposal would take 18 months to implement, meaning its continuation would fall in the lap of elected governor mcdonald. mcdonald says he's all for
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health care coverage but is concerned about the cost. many women have asked in the past few weeks about breast cancer screenings. the diagnosis for a 12-year-old girl who sneezed 10,000 times a day. and when you might see some
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while i was building my friendships, my family, while i was building my life, my high cholesterol was contributing to plaque buildup in my arteries. that's why my doctor prescribed crestor. she said plaque buildup in arteries is a real reason to lower cholesterol. and that along with diet, crestor does more than lower bad cholesterol, it raises good. crestor is also proven to slow the buildup of plaque in arteries. crestor isn't for everyone, like people with liver disease, or women who are nursing, pregnant, or may become pregnant. simple blood tests will check for liver problems. you should tell your doctor about other medicines you are taking, orf you have muscle pain or weakness. that could be a sign of serious side effects. while you've been building your life, plaque may have been building in your arteries. find out morabout slowing the buildup of plaque at crestor.com. then ask your doctor if it's time for crestor.
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oh! it's beginning look a lot like chrisas near the white house. president obama and the first family lit the national christmas tree last night. it is lit by 750 strings of l.e.d. lights and red and gold ornaments. >> it may look a lot like christmas in parts of our areas tomorrow. let's find out about the possibility of snow. >> and sleigh bells. >> that's right. guess sleigh bells. by tomorrow this time, parts of the area could be looking at light rain and snow mixed, falling through the area. right now, chilly conditions already and we're trending colder. temperatures through the area, range from 35 degrees mt. vernon and newington, good morning to you. mclean, 35 degrees, also in fairfax and rockville chbl and chevy chase 36 degrees.
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sun will come up in less than an hour here. 7:11. calm conditions, lighter than yesterday. but you'll noticed a coat. 39 to 43 the range. 52 degrees the high. clouds on the increase. mostly cloudy conditions by the time the sun sets and after midnight, parts of the area south and west could see precipitation first. rain and snow mix. light early tomorrow morning and switching to light snow. by noon time, with anywhere to a trace to an inch in areas of d.c. >> chopper 4 over the scene. montgomery county this is what is reported as a car fire. outer loocht beltway. 355. rockville pike, left side of the roadway. traffic is slow. delays reaching back toward georgia avenue, but looks like a tow truck on the scene. hopefully before long, everything will be cleared. a couple extra minutes would be a good idea. inner loop okay.
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headed for the woodrow wilson bridge, doing fine. a broken down bus near north capitol street a tow truck on the scene. a little delay, that should be out very soon. back to you. >> thank you. >> thanks, jerry. 12 minutes after 6:00 a.m. the senate looks to clear up some of the confusion surrounding breast cancer screening. >> and the new criticism for the museum of african-american history and culture that is proposed to be built on the national mall. president obama looking for ideas to get the sky-high unemployment r
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good morning, everyone. i'm kimberly suitors live in the studio. here are the top stories in the news today. a national treasure leaving our city. taishon, was sleeping right there just popped out of his room. totally unaware of the big
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announcement coming up today. news 4 the first to tell you last night. it's time for the panda to leave for china. thousands go to the national zoo every year to see him, especially on his birthday. we'll find out exactly when he has to leave. a pipco worker expected to be okay after someone shot him on the job in d.c. he was working on a man hole at the corner of first and rhode island in northwest. he got into an argument with a bystander, and he was shot in the neck. the secret service said that the agency made a mistake when they left an uninvited couple into a state dinner. the salahis were allowed to the white house grounds without being on a list. and if you have to take the inner loop across the wilson bridge this weekend, expect major delays as they switch lanes from the telegraph
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interchange and the eisenhower connector. a live report coming up. >> today, all about jobs again. president obama heads to alntown, pennsylvania, to take the focus of his job summit to those seeing and feeling the pain. brooke hart live with more. and allentown familiar with the pain of job loss. >> reporter: we remember the billy joel song from the '80s, don't we? we are expecting new jobs numbers out for november. jobless number expected to remain in double dij and its hang over the president and democrats like a dark cloud. once a factory hub, president obama today chooses allentown to show his focus on jobs. ♪ i'm living here in allentown >> back in the 80s, billy joel made this sown synonymous with job pain. >> this is where the rubber hits
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the road. >> we have about 41,000 people in the region unemployed. >> reporter: the president got an earful on what to do about jobs. >> targeted fiscal assistance to local governments. >> uncertainty that there is afternoon an afressive legislative agenda that business people don't know what they ought to do. >> reporter: to that concern, the president predicted passage soon of health care reform and more. >> to the extent that the your honor certainty derives from major legislative issues, i think that will be solved in the next few months. >> reporter: on capitol hill, a controversy brewing. >> investments we have in jobs to be paid for by t.a.r.p. funds. >> to turn around and spend it on useless government programs a very big mistake. >> reporter: some $70 billion are left. and republicans want that money back to the treasury. tim geithner sounded open to
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redistricting it to spurring new construction jobs and retaining teachers and firefighters. live on capitol hill, i'm brooke hart. back to you. the u.s. senate putting their mark on health care reform by adding preventative tests for women in the legislation. it allows the secretary of health and human services to require insurers to cover mammograms and other screenings free of charge. the amendment was proposed and follows heated controversy over a government panel recommendation that routine mammograms not needed. >> the proposed museum of african-american history and culture stirring up con to verse east, where it will be built. it is supposed to be built on the corner of 15th and constitution avenues, but the commission is hearing praise and concern. the proposeley $550 million
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project is expected to break ground by 2012 and open by late 2015. some commissioners have a number of concerns. >> i don't think we've done so good in maintaining the integrity of the mall itself. >> i would not turn it into a giant lantern. i would caution you to keep in mind that the washington monument is really the focus. >> the design team working on the museum was selected earlier this year from six finalists. more than 20 design teams had entered the original competition. and we now have this morning's sports minute. >> hey, good morning, everybody. your sports minute on friday morning begins with the capit capitals. and ovekin served the first o two his-game suspension, and the team stepped up.
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the caps had a 6-2 win. stemmons scored twice. ur others added goals. to football, the nfl took its prime time show north of the border last night. jets and bills battled it out in toronto. this 13-yard touchdown pass gave the jets a 19-13 win over buffalo. jets 6-6, keep their climb playoff hopes alive. to basketball, alan iverson officially became a philadelphia 76er again. he became very emotional, breaking down crying in his opening remarks. he signed a one-year contract with philadelphia one week after retiring from the nba. he started his career with the sixers, played ten seasons before being traded three years ago. iverson glad to be back home. that's yourports minute. have a great day. and it's going to be a great
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day, because it's friday and we won't see the snow until tomorrow. here's veronica. >> that's right. not until tomorrow. but it will probably start early tomorrow with a little bit of rain mixing with the snow. as far as this morning goes, it is chilly out there. this is the time of the morning where we see temperatures drop a little bit before heading into our warmup for the day. 44 degrees in the district. and 35 degrees over to centreville. at the bus stop this morning, a coat will be in order. 39 to 43. chilly, sun up at 7: 1. light winds today. high today at 52 degrees. clouds on the increase. system moving up the coast. hasn't gotten its act together. and moisture pushes in with rain and snow switching over to light snow by noon time.veronica. head up to chopper 4. 270 southbound, right at the beginning of the 270 spur.
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the main line of i-270 headed toward old georgetown road and the school buss. all of the buses warming up in the parking lot. no accident, a bit of volume. the beltway west of the wilson bridge near route 1, so far, things moving along nicely. out on the rails, looking good. metro and vre mark rail. 870 running 10 minutes behind schedule. >> thank you very much, jerry. dozens of prince georges county teachers cashed in this week. now another local school district wants to pay teachers for their performances. a police chase crashes into a daycare center. what doctors say is wrong with the -year-old virginia girl who can't stop sneezing.
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while i was building my friendships, my family, while i was building my life, my high cholesterol was contributing to plaque buildup in my arteries. that's why my doctor prescribed crestor. she said plaque buildup in arteries is a real reason to lower cholesterol. and that along with diet, crestor does more than lower bad cholesterol, it raises good. crestor is also proven to slow the buildup of plaque in arteries. crestor isn't for everyone, like people with liver disease, or women who are nursing, egnant, or may become pregnant. simple blood tests will check for liver problems.
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you should tell your doctor about other medicines you are taking, or if you have muscle pain or weakness. that could be a sign of serious side effects. while you've been building your life, plaque may have been building in your arteries. find out more about slowing the buildup of plaque at crestor.com. then ask your doctor if it's time for crestor. announcer: if you can't afford your medication, astrazeneca may be able to help.
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well, this afternoon, authorities plan to transfer roman polanski to house arrest. he was moved from jail to an undisclosed location yesterday for security reasons. he will be fitted with an electronic monitoring bracelet. he posted a $4.5 million bail and will remain under house arrest at his luxurious chalet.
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a virginia girl is finally breathing easier after finally figuring out what was causing her to sneeze thousands of times a day. you may recall the story of lauren johnson, the 12-year-old girl made national news last month when she developed chronic sneezing and would sneeze up to 12,000 times a day. and she has a condition called p.a.n.d.a.s., an acronym. pediatric autoimmune neurotic psychiatric disorders. it is similar to a tic disorder like tourette's syndrome. six people, including four children recovering in indianapol after an suv slammed into a daycare center. police were chasing the suv after an armed robbery at a nearby store. the driver lost control and crashed into the daycare center, sending bricks and debris into a
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room where children were about to take a nap. one child still in the hospital. police arrested two suspects at the scene. a big announcement this morning. d.c.'s number one tourist attraction leaving town. sarah palin's book tour makes a stop. where you can meet the former vice presidential candidate.
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winter weather on the way. it's all clear right now, but a storm is moving in our direction and could bring our first snowflakes of the season this weekend. giant disappointment. we all knew it would happen someday, but didn't want this day to ever come. national zoo's beloved panda, taishon, is leaving washington.
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good morning, welcome back. i'm joe krebs. >> i'm barbara harrison. glad you're up with us on this friday, december 4, 2009. take a look outside. it looks clear. no rain or snow falling. we understand there could be some in our near future. >> by late tomorrow -- i guess you can sweep an inch of snow, right? big, wide broom. you can to that. well, for tomorrow, i don't think we'll have the big shovels out. shouldn't be any big problems around the area, but the white stuff may be falling. 43, the district. and it's cold out there. and bethesda, 35 degrees. you will need a coat, the bus stop this morning, sun up at 7:11. and clouds processing in throughout the did i. temperatures as they are max, 2:00, 3:00. 51, 52 degrees. a look at your four-day
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forecast. and rain/snow mix. light snow, may be enough to sweep around. and melting on the roads. jerry. >> veronica,clear, dry roads as we continue on interstate 66 headed for the capitol beltway. and lining up to exit on the beltway, very typical. travel lanes open on 66 and the boeltway between the american legion bridge and the wilson bridge. elsewhere, top side of the beltway, running slowly. and a vehicle fire has been extinguished and lanes reopened. hopefully it won't be any worse on new hampshire avenue on over. and metrorail and vre doing okay. we did have some minor delays on mark rail brunswick trains, but those are clearing up. >> thank you so much. hearts are breaking across the region. tai taishon, d.c.'s favorite panda, is leaving us.
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he's all grown up and headedff to china. as parted of an agreement of the chinese embassy and tracy wilkins joins us live with more. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. we've been able to tune in to the panda cam and watch up from the little stick of butter to the 200-pound big boy he is today. time for him to head to china. taishon born on july 9, 2005, after many failed attempts for his mom and dad to cob receive. he was the first to actually survive beyond a few days, capturing the attention and love of this city and the national. but, unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. he is chinese property. the zoo paid $600,000 for his origin two-year stay, and we got a free two-year extension, but taishon and his mom and dad part of a conservation and research breeding program for
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giant pandas. they are endangered. about 1,600 in the wild and 200 in captivity. folks are reacting. >> so they do have to give him back? that's too bad. it's a good draw for the zoo. the zoo needs the pandas. everybody is hanging out in the panda area. the crowds all wanted to see the pandas this weekend. that's too bad. >> reporter: no word yet on exactly when he'll be leaving, but, again, we expect it to be sometime soon. a 10:00 a.m. press conference will give us all of the details. and i hate to be the bearer of more bad news, but the ten-year lease on his mom and dad will be up soon. they are expected to head back to china next year. back to you in the studio. >> thank you very much, tracy. the daughter of a u.s. senator is are covering this morning after she was carjacked in gallery place. julia corker, the daughter of
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senator corkeer of tennessee. police found the stolen suv at a taco bell in prince georges county, right across the street from a police station. >> our officers are in and out all hours of the day and night. >> reporter: what's that tell you about the suspects? >> i guess they weren't too bright. >> both suspected are in custody and awaiting extradition to the district. the search on for a gunman who shot a pepco worker at the corner of first in northwest. one of the bystanders shot a worker, who was grazed in the neck. is he expected to be okay. hard work could pay off for teachers in prince william county. they are proposing bonuses for
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educators turning high needs schools into high performance schools. these schools have students who are poor, disabled or struggle to speak english. if the incentives are funded, the program could begin next year. the president taking his message of creating more jobs out on the road. the president will speak in allentown, pennsylvania. first stop on the white house to main street tour. in a few hours, we'll also learn unemployment numbers for november, and the news is not expected to be good. sarah palin, at ft. hood today, the former vice presidential candidate selling copies of his best-selling book "going rogue" for troops and her families. she'll did nature royalties to the families and victims. tomorrow, palin will be in our area. she is scheduled to promote her book at b.j.'s in fairfax. it will be between 11:00 a.m.
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and 2:00 p.m. a traffic alert for all of you this weekend. construction project on the beltway expected to back up traffic for miles. tough decisions metro has to make to close its budget gap and how your commute could be impacted. and new policies when it comes to snow closings and we could see some snow this weekend. your weather and traffic on
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in alexandria, they kicked off holiday celebrations last night. this evening, they will celebrate the holiday amid the blow of candle and trees from 6:00 p.m. it will take place on mt. vernon avenue to hume avenues. tomorrow is the 39th annual scottish walk and parade. they will have weather to contend with tomorrow. walk in those kilts. >> a beautiful city, alexandria. let's get a look at the forecast. >> good morning. >> joe and barb remark good morning to you. some of us may have enough to make a small, slushy kind of snowball, and some of us not.
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let's start with today, though. it is a chilly start across the area. new carrollton, 40 degrees. and in silver spring, montgomery county, current temperature 39 degrees. and out of door forecast here, mostly sunny skies. sun coming up in a few minutes at 7:11. light winds, 30s not too brisk. we do have some mostly clear skies, and we'll see cloud cover moving in quickly today. mostly cloudy by the time the sun sets. from 52 to a high of 38 degrees tomorrow. and we'll start out in the low 30s saturday morning. so with this next system coming up the coast, that's right. looks like a mixture of rain and snow, switching to light snow by noon time and end big 7:00 p.m. enough to give some areas a trace and some areas an inch. and we'll detail which areas i
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think will get the inch. a problem on 95 virginia northbound near the interchange of route 1. ai broken down vehicle in the roadway on the far left side. as a result, we're loaded up north from what was the car rest area on 95 northbound. and the left side of the roadway is blocked. and the backup continues to grow. the hov lanes, zipping right along, and making the trip elsewhere, had an accident, prince georges county. outer loop as you make the trip toward route 5. police on the scene, and heads up. last report, only one lane getting by. 270 okay. and beltway as you head around to silver spring, very slow, and earlier issue with the accident, and authorities wrapping that up. a car fire. barbara and joe, back to you. >> thank you, jerry. time is 6:41. 43 degrees in the nation's capital. who is taking the blaine for letting the uninvited virginia couple into the white house for the state dinner?
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also, how tiger woods and his wife are trying to reconcile their relationship. and stay away from the wilson bridge this
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good morning. welcome back. a traffic alert for you. if you have to take the wilson bridge this weekend, crews will be doing major work on the bridge at the inner loop of the beltway as they shift lanes from the telegraph enter change and the eisenhower connector. megan mcgrath on the inner loop has details. good morning, megan. >> reporter: good morning, joe. i'm actually standing on the new lanes they will open this weekend. you can see, everything is ready to go. asphalt has been striped. off in the distance, you can see one of the road signs put in place. they have a tarp over it right now. they will be taking those off as they transition the traffic off the new lanes on the inner loop. this is going to cause problems. traffic tie-ups this weekend, and transportation officials say we could see backups as long as four miles as they make this transition.
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the best advice here? stay out of area if you can, and just take a look at those alternative routes. take a look at exactly what will happen here. beginning tonight after rush hour, they are going to close the ramps from telegraph road to the inner loop. we'll start to see lane closures on the inner loop. down to just one lane on friday night. that will be a real traffic tie-up there. now, on saturday morning, traffic is going to be diverted onto the two new inner loop lanes, exit 174 from the inner loop to the eisenhower connecter will reopen. saturday night, the ramps from tell graph road will reopen, and a third new inner loop lane will be added and everything should be kind of back to normal at that point. something will be with us thugh the weekend and it is going to tie up traffic. one rain on the inner loop for a time will really snarl things. best just to stay away from the area entirely. also something to keep in mind.
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this something on this weekend. the following weekend, basically they will do the exact same thing, but on the other side on the outer loop of the beltway through this area. we'll see traffic tie-ups that weekend as well. joe, back to you. >> wow. something to look forward to. thanks very much, meagan. you could soon have to dig deeper to ride metro. unclear how big the budget hole for the agency will be already talk of a fare hike to make it up. metro board members say service cuts are also likely. they need to wait for ridership and revenue updates. a fair increase will not take effect until june at the very earliest. the head of the secret service is taking the heat for allowingan uninvited couple into a white house state dinner. mark sullivan was grilled at a congressional hearing. three are on administrative leave after the salahis made it into the system.
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the system didn't work the way it was supposed to, but president obama still feels safe in the white house. sullivan insists the president was never in any danger. >> from a risk perspective, i feel confident based on what i've wen briefed on, they did not provide a risk to the president. >> absent from yesterday's hearing was the couple at the heart of the controversy, tareq and michaele salahi. they didn't show up. some members are seeking spinas to force them to testify. have you ever heard a tiger snore? "the baltimore sun" says the golf star was snoring when he arrived on the scene of his notorious crash. he was the first to arrive on the scene of the crash. woods is reportedly in intense marriage counseling this weekend at his home in florida. days after he apologized to his wife for transimpressions. it's all about jobs today.
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in just a few hours, the labor department will release unemployment numbers and it's not expected to get any better. courtney reagan, live with more on this story and more. good morning. >> the big news this morning is that november's jobs report which could show another 125,000 jobs were lost last month. the unemployment rate is expected to remain at a 26-year high of 10.2%, and do you out at 8:30 a.m. eastern. general motors and chrysler will review decisions to close dealerships. some may be reinstated or offered binding arbitration. will this will only happen if a bill is defeated which would force all dealerships to reopen. if you're next package
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absolutely, positively, has to be there overnight, it will cost you more. fed sex raising rates by about 5%, one 1% less than this year's rate hike. in september, rates were increased by about 6%. hopefully you are not a procrastinator. i have no gifts bought and nothing to ship yet. >> join the party. we know what you will be doing this weekend. people working for the federal government will find out about snow days an hour earlier. the call will be made by 4:00 a.m. instead of 5:00 a.m. the goal is to get commuters more time to get ready. if bad weather develops during the day, local transportation officials will have a two-hour warning before they order federal employees to go home. when it does snow, take stay with news 4. we will have all of your work and school closures, plus the latest on the weather and
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traffic information. it's beginning look a lot like christmas near the white house. >> five, four, three, two, one. oh! >> president obama and the first family lit the national christmas tree last night. the 48-foot tall colorado spruce lit by 750 strings of l.e.d. lights and red and gold ornaments. the first holiday season in the white house and i guess you do wonder, is it going to work? >> you're right. hey, it works. pretty cool. >> tell us about what's going on with the weather. >> well, we're not going to have any worries or trouble today. even with snow in the forecast for tomorrow, i don't think we'll have more troubles tomorrow, as far as getting around. let's talk about today, though, because you can see we have a few clouds overhead right now. sun comes up today at 7:11. meanwhile, conditions through the area right now that are
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chilly. 43 degrees right now in the district. 35 although fairfax. that's the cold spot. and warming up today to 52. clouds on the increase. high pressure moves east and out the next storm system will be moving up the coast. it has yet to form really. part ofment is producing snow in texas and will eventually start to produce snow around areas unusual to the deep south, louisiana, mississippi, up the spine of the mountain. and we could have our first inch of snow. that's in the white. greater than a 050% chance. prince william county and into calvert, st. mary's and anne arundel county, a chance for an inch. snow and rain will start early morrow morning, about the time the sun comes up and we'll have it until noon before the switchover. a trace to an inch. mainly on the grass. road temperatures are so warm. and running into the 40s right now.
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49 to 53. more clouds moving in today. light winds, again, all the action, wintry weather, hits us tomorrow. but, again, not a big storm system at all. no major problems here. 38 the high. and 42 for sunday. mostly sunny skies coming up for sunday. dry and quiet until the next storm system makes its way up through. that one west of the area and that for us should then deliver rainshowers. let's see how the morning commute is going right now. we go to jerry edwards. running very scloelowly alo i-95. the scene of a broken down vehicle. everything is over to the left shoulder. but because it was in the roadway for a while, and because of the flashing lights there, is a delay as you head north out of dale city. again, throw lanes open, and hov lanes wide open this morning at this point. good news. no weather concerns at this hour. brake lights have developed across the 14th street bridge,
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travel lanes open. good news there. and if you're going to be hitting the rails this morning. metrorail, vre and mark, everything looking good. barbara, back to you. >> thank you, jerry. he is hugely popular here at the national zoo, but taishon's time is up. d.c.'s beloved panda packing up and heading to china. we have more on the story we brought you first on 4. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. yes, it does look like he's packing up and leafing, and the national zoo is expected to make an official announcement at 10:00 a.m. this morning. time flies when you have fun and we've had a lot of fun with taishon. he was born at the national zoo on july 9, 2005, after many failed attempts by his mom and dad to conceive a baby panda. he was the first to live beyond a few days. he is the property of china.
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the zoo paid $600,000 for the two-year stay, but we got a free two-year extension. because pandas are endangered, at least 1,600 in the wild and 200 in captivity. we're not sure exactly when he will be leaving. we'll learn more in the news conference. >> i can see the disney movie now. son of taishon, back to america. 6:54. let's get an update from kimberly. >> good morning, joe, and barbara. these are the top stories we are working on. in the news this morning, unemployment numbers due out today while presidentbama takes job creation message on a white house to main street tour. stopping first if allentown, pennsylvania. the director of the secret service told a congressional committee his agents made a mistake when they let an
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uninvited couple into a white house state dinner. three secret service agents on administrative leave after they let the salahis in without being on a list. a traffic alert. the inner loop across the wilson bridge, expect major delays as they shift labors from the telegraph interchange and eisenhower connector. pan pandemonium at the zoo this weekend. tearful good-byes to taishon. let's talk about the weather and get an out the door forecast. what's going on out there? >> chilly out there. dry, and it will stay dry. but we'll see snow moving in after midnight. maybe the first snow showers showing up in the high spots. and we'll see mixed conditions until light snow after noon tomorrow.
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ending about 7:00 a trace to maybe the first inch through the area. >> it will be warm on the next day? >> 42 the next day. no trouble on the roadways. the roads are warm. the other thing, the storm system will track anyway it will be further off the coast, and nothing at all. so -- jerry. >> bundle up. bob has been saying, the first inch of snow seems to frequently fall on the fifth of december. it's happening again. >> wow. amazing. so he'll have to go out and shovel. >> i may be helping. what's going on on the roads out there? >> not bad at all. 95 northbound, a broken down vehicle near route 1 woodbridge. over to the shoulder and after that newington moving along nicely. southbound, everything is looking good. and prince georges county, very quiet, continues to be so. inner lop and outer loop between greenbelt and the american legion bridge, moving along
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pretty well. >> we do hate snow. you have to put on the blinders and go to sleep. >> you got it. i'll wake up on sunday and it will all be gone. >> that is news 4 today. thank you for starting your friday us with. >> have a great day, a trirveg weekend. we'll be waiting for you monday morning. we start at 4:55 a.m. we'll see you then. >> bye. çñçñ(l
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